an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak. He was a nephew of the poet Judith Madan.
While Cowper found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity, the inspiration behind his much-loved hymns, he often experienced doubt and feared that he was doomed to eternal damnation. His religious sentiment and association with John Newton... more »
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- God Moves In A Mysterious Way
- Abuse of the Gospel
- A Comparison
- A Riddle
- Idem Latine Redditum
- Exhortation to Prayer
- Lines Written During A Period Of Insanit...
- Hatred and vengeance, my eternal portion
- Afflictions Sanctified by the Word
- In Seditionem Horrendam, Corruptelis Gal...
- A Song : On The Green Margin
- Epitaphium Alterum
- A Fable
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''The parson knows enough who knows a duke.''William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works, ed. H.S. Milford (1934). Tirocinium, l. 403 (1785).
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